UEFA Euro 2020, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins on Friday, with Turkey taking on Italy’s former winners in Rome.
When the action takes place at 20:00 GMT in front of 16,000 fans expected in a full-quarter Olympic Stadium, the overwhelming sentiment for the European football government, UEFA, will be relieved after the unprecedented decision of put the tournament in hold last year.
Portugal, who are grouped with Hungary and past winners France and Germany, are the defending champions after winning the 2016 edition
What are the key dates?
The tournament begins Friday, June 11th. The elimination phase begins on 26 June with the final taking place on 11 July at Wembley Stadium in London.
Where is the tournament held?
For the first time in the history of the tournament, it will be held across the continent with 11 host cities in all: London, St. Petersburg, Baku, Monaco, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Seville.
How many teams participate?
A total of 24 teams divided into six groups will participate in the tournament, which contains 51 matches.
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Northern Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
What is the format of the tournament?
The top two teams from each group, plus four top third places, will advance to the round of 16 which will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
Are fans allowed inside the stadiums?
Yes. Each of the 11 venues was vacated to accommodate fans. UEFA has confirmed that St Petersburg and Baku will have a maximum capacity of 50; Budapest aims to accommodate an entire home; Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville will receive from 25 to 45 per cent; London will have a minimum capacity of 25 per cent; Munich aims to host about 22 percent of the stadium’s capacity.
What places have been abandoned?
Dublin and Bilbao were removed from the list of host cities after refusing to give guarantees on the number of spectators, but Sevilla intervened for the latter while the Dublin Games went to London and St Petersburg.
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– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) June 7, 2021
How is UEFA feeling now?
Despite the delays forced by a pandemic, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been bullish, insisting that Euro 2020 will be saved.
“It will be the perfect opportunity to show the world that Europe is adapting.” Europe is alive and celebrating life. Europe is back, ”he said recently.
Are there any positive tested players?
On Sunday, Spanish captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19 and left his training base. It comes after the Netherlands left goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen out of his squad due to a positive test.
Concerns about possible virus clusters have led to UEFA allowing nationals to nominate extended teams of 26 players.